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1 Zulhijjah 1432H / 28 October 2011 THE VIRTUES OF ZULHIJJAH KHATIB / IMAM Ustaz Muhammad Ismail bin Mahmud Imam ISLAMIC CENTER UTM SKUDAI • I call upon myself and all of you, may Allah bless you, let us be taqwa to Allah with the true taqwa by doing all of His commands and leaving His prohibitions. Hopefully we will attain happiness in this life and the hereafter. The title for today’s khutbah is “The Virtues of Zulhijjah.” • My brothers in Islam, • We are now in the month of Zulhijjah, the month of Hajj. This is the month which Allah s.w.t has bestowed upon it the days of Arafah, Eid Adha, and the Days of Tasyrik which are the 3 days following Eid. • This is a special month, a month which we are encouraged to double our efforts in performing our ibadah, our acts of worship, our good deeds. • If we have missed the opportunity to increase our ibadah during the last Ramadan, or if we have missed the opportunity to fast the six days of Syawal, then let it be known, that right now, spread in front of us, is a golden opportunity. • An opportunity to be closer to Allah. An opportunity to increase our ibadah. • This golden opportunity, my brothers, is the first ten days of Zulhijjah. • We are in the first day. We have nine days ahead of us. So grab this opportunity it leaves us. • Let us do more zikr. Let is do more solat and sawm. Let us recite Al-Quran more. • Allah says in surah Al-Fajr: Which means: And by the ten days. • According to most scholars, the ten days mentioned in that ayat refer to the first ten days of Zulhijjah. • Allah s.w.t mentioned it and swear by it in that ayat because of its virtues. • This is strengthen by the hadith: (The hadith was narrated by Bukhari and others) • Which means: There is no other days in which ibadah is more loved by Allah then these ten days (that is, of the month of Zulhijjah). The companions asked him: O Rasulullah! Even better than jihad in the cause of Allah? The Prophet s.a.w replied: Yes, it is even better than jihad in the cause of Allah, except if one goes out for jihad with his life and his wealth, and he do not return with both. • So, my brothers in Islam, let us increase our ibadah in these virtuous days. In another hadith narrated by At-Tirmizi, Rasulullah s.a.w said: • Which means: There are no days in which ibadah is more loved by Allah than the first ten days of Zulhijjah. Fasting for a day in it is the same as fasting for a year. And to do ibadah during its nights, is the same as if doing in the night of power, that is Lailatul Qadr. • This hadith, my brothers, even though it is a weak hadith, it still shows the virtue of these ten days of Zulhijjah. • Maybe fasting in it is not the same as fasting for the whole year. Maybe getting up for ibadah in its nights is not the same as getting up for Lailatul Qadr. • But, one thing for sure, the ibadah in these days and nights is better than in other days and nights. • So let us not waste this golden opportunity, which comes but once in a year. • An opportunity that is better than any offer on Earth. If we look around, sometimes we would see a petrol station offering a 15% discount. • We would then see cars snaking out of that petrol station. Everyone is trying to grab that offer of just 15% discount. • These 10 days of Zulhijjah offer a much better offer. An offer that has its rewards waiting for us in the Hereafter, the day when nothing will be of value except those who had prepared for it. • A day which Allah describes in Al-Quran: Which means: The day when wealth and children will be of no use, except those who come with clean hearts. My brothers in Islam, • To achieve the advantages of this month, Muslims are recommended to do deeds such as: • First: Performing Haj and Umrah, which is the best practice. • Second: Fasting during the day or according to their ability, especially on the day of Arafah that is on the 9th Muharram. Rasulullah s.a.w said in a hadith: This means: "Fasting on the day of Arafat is I count Allah SWT will forgive one year and the next year." (Narrated by Muslim) • Third: To increase takbeer and zikr. Imam al-Bukhari RA narrated that Ibn 'Umar and Abu Hurairah RA used to go out to the market to say takbeer followed by the public with the pronouncement “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, La Ilaha Illa Allah, wa Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, wa LillahI Hamdu”. • Fourth: Repent and leave all the evil and sin, so that good deeds can achieve forgiveness and mercy of Allah. This is because sin is the cause for a servant to be far away from Allah's mercy and obedience are the sources to be close to Him and the love of Allah SWT. • Fifth: To increase good deeds, especially additional voluntary practices such as voluntary prayers, charity, jihad, reading the Quran, calling to goodness, prevent evil and the like because everything will be doubled in these days. • Sixth: We are required to say takbeer on some of the glorious days during the day or night, especially after performing the five obligatory daily prayers in congregation. For those who do not perform the pilgrimage, voluntary takbeer starts from dawn of Eidul Adha and ends till Asar on the 13th of Zulhijjah. • Seventh: It is highly encouraged to practice the slaughtering of sacrificial animals on Eidul Adha and days of Tasyriq (11, 12 and 13 Zulhijjah). It is the Sunnah of the Prophet of Allah Ibrahim (AS) that after afflicting him with the command to slaughter his son Ismail (AS), Ibrahim was redeemed by being replacing Ismail with an animal for slaughter. بسم هللا الرحمن الرحيم • By time, Indeed, mankind is in loss, except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience. َ َُْ ِ ْ َبارك هللاُ لِىْ ولكم بالقُرْ ءان اَ ْلعظ ْيم و َنفعنيْ وإِيَّاكم ِبما فِ ْيه من ِ َ ِ ْ َ ََِ َ ُْ َ ِ ِ َ َ َ ِ َ ِّ ْ ِ َ ِ ِ َ َ َّ َ ِ ِّ َ ِ ُ ْ ِ َ ُ ُ َ َّ ِ ُ ْاآلياَت والذكر اَ ْلحكيْم و َتقبل منيْ وم ْنكم تالو َته إ َِّنه هُو اَلسم ْيع اَ ْلعلِ ْيم. أ ُ ْوص ْيكم ع َبادَ هللا وإِيَّاي ب َتقوى هللا فقد فاز اَ ْلمتقُ ْون, َ َ ْ َ َ ُ َّ َ َ َ ِ َْ ِ ُْ ِ َ ُ وأَحُثكم و َنفسىْ على طاعة هللا ورسُولِه فِىْ كل وقت لعلَّكم ُ ِّ َ ْ ٍ َ َ ُ ْ َ ُّ ُ ْ َ ْ ِ َ َ َ َ ِ ِ َ َ ْ ِ تفلِحُون , أَسْ َتغفِر هللا العظ ْيم ِليْ ولكم ولِسائر اَ ْلمُسْ لِميْن ِ َ َ َُْ َ َ ِِ ْ ُ َ َْ ِ َ ُْ ْ َ ِ َ ْ ْ ِِ َ َ ْ ْ ِ ِ َ ْ ْ َ َ َ والمُسْ لِمات والمُؤمنيْن والمُؤمنات, فاسْ َتغفِرُوهُ فيا َ ف ْوز َ ْ اَ ْلمُسْ َتغفريْن و َيا َنجاة اَل َّتآئبيْن. َ َ ِِ َ ِِْ َ َ O servant of Allah, remember that this world is a place for temporary lodging. Truly, hereafter is the everlasting and permanent abode. So let us devote to Allah for obtaining happiness and escape from the punishment of hellfire. • Allah says in Surah Al Ahzab verse 56: • Which means: “Indeed Allah confers blessing upon the prophet and His angels (ask Him to do so). O! You who have believed, ask Allah to confer blessing upon him and ask Allah to grant him peace.” • Let us pray that Allah SWT accept the khalifah of Rasulullah s.a.w Sayyidina Abu Bakr al-Siddiq r.a., Sayyidina Umar al-Khattab r.a., Sayyinda Uthman ibn Affan r.a., Sayyidina Ali ibn Abi Thalib r.a. • And to his companions who struggle to uphold the religion of Allah, also to his uncles Sayyidina Hamzah and Sayyidina Abbas r.a. and to his granchildren Sayyidina Hassan and Sayyidina Hussain r.a., his daughters sayyidatina Fatimah al-Zahraa’, his wives Sayyidatina Khadijah and Sayyidatina Aisyah r.a. and the other wives. • Followed by his family, companions, followers of the companions and those who come after them from time to time until the end of the world. • O Allah, forgive the Muslims and the believers, whether surviving or deceased. • O Allah, grant us guidance, strength, prosperity and help the leaders of the Muslim countries especially your servant Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, the Sultan and ruler for the State of Johor Darul Takzim. • To Raja Zarith Sofiah Binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah, Tengku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, Tengku Mahkota Johor; and the Prince and Princess, the royal kinship, and all Muslims.
"khutbah 28 october 2011"